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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 586
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 46
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 6.66% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 02-13-2006

Don’t spend this Single Awareness Day alone – grab a beer! This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that won’t spread angry rumors about you to all your friends like that one time when I was…ohh…uhh…Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

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Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shazzam! This is great beer! Poured perhaps slightly too cold. Immediate hop aroma upon opening. Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber red with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is a very heady balanced, fresh blend of caramel malt and hop that was mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly roasty (which i love), dominated by the hop and just balanced enough by the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are faultless. Finish is like flavor, long, and just a tad medicinal. Very drinkable

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep ruby with a lingering airy head that left thick lacing on the glass. Strong hops in the nose, herbal, pungent and earthy. Also picking up nectarines and marzipan. Taste is immediately sweet caramel and woody/fruity hops, followed by a bitterness like orange pith. medium thick mouthfeel with a soft carbonic bite. Definitely a malt oriented beer but there is enough hop character to balance it and bring it back to center. Think of a sweeter, milder, less bitter friend of Arrogant Bastard. Immensely drinkable.

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Photo of m1ked
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this growler fill at the MBV Alesmith party. The turnout was good, Peter's cheese was the business, and the MBV on cask was awesome.

A- Deep clear ruby red. Pours a thick tan head, the lacing clinging to the sides of the glass is impressive.

S- Slightly sweet roasted malts, caramel, a little cherry aroma with a bit of hops peeking through.

T- Starts off with that slightly sweet malt, with a little bit of biscuit (or pancake?) and some tastey hops. Very well balanced.

M- Well rounded body, with a lingering taste of a slight hops bitter.

D- Oh man, I love this beer. The growler is half gone and I just cracked it open. I love Alesmith's stuff, but I really look forward to their special releases...I wish they would bottle this stuff.

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Photo of Safa1
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. Pours great. Tastes great. But somehow has a bit too much burnt taste. Like eating a mouthful of semi sweet morsels when you were expecting dark chocolate. Great beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's deli in Orange. Poured in a mug. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half khaki head. Nut brown color.

S- Hoppy and some lighter fruit tastes. Good smells all around.

T- This is the best red I've ever tasted by far. Light fruits, medium barleys and malts. All of it comes together perfectly.

M- Nice carbonation, chewy and fairly wet.

O- Best red I've ever had. This is a keeper.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Copper with ruby red highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with great retention. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Sugar coated lemon wedges, grapefruit, papaya, toffee and pine.

Juicy grapefruit, papaya, lemon and tangerine. Incredibly balanced with pale candy sugar and toffee. Maybe just a kiss of Tootsie Roll chocolate in there. Finishes with candy coated oranges and lemons along with gentle sprinkles of pine needle.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and crisp.

Juicy and smooth. Hardly any bitterness but still heavy on the hop aromas. Brilliantly balanced. An beautifully executed Amber Ale.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying to keep this rating conservative, but I do love this beer. Drinking it on Valentines day may have made it even better. I love the strong hop nose. Possibly Centennial and Amarillo. I'm so glad I stocked up on this in San Diego. I'm not a big fan of Ambers/Reds usually either.

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Photo of rallison
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Seriously, how does he get some of this stuff? Speaking of which, he just put on Reality Czeck...

Anyway, on to the beer. This is one ridiculously good red. Perfectly balanced with a good, healthy dose of piny hops. Malt flavors are excellent - taking the best of what the good reds do and applying it to a hoppier version of the style. There's an almost rye-like quality to it also. Could they be using some rye in this? As far as I know, they don't - but it reminds me of that. Nice caramel sweetness too from the malts. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a perfect level of carbonation. Drinkability is too high.

Highly recommended. A great, perfectly balanced red.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red ale for Valentine’s day? How appropriate, in a beer geek sense. I got this a few days after, however, so make of that what you will.

It’s a dark red hued brew with nice foam. There’s a crisp, hoppy aroma to it, rounded out with some malt sweetness. Flavor is more citrus, reminding me of pink grapefruit. Nice flavor, sweet but not overpoweringly malty with some piney chew to give it character and complexity.

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Photo of Lothore
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep red hue with an ample amount of tan head.

S- Smells hoppy for an amber, with deep bready notes.

T- Taste is very full. Bready with notes of caramel and toffee and rounded out with good floral hop accents and a bit of bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Incredibly drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day. I loved the distinct hop presence in this one which was just enough to appease me without being so strong as to mask the complex maltiness.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - ruby reddish brown with a persistent, creamy, beige head
S - toasted grain, caramel, citric, piny hops
T - nice blend of pine and grapefruity citrus with plenty of toasted grain and caramel; a bit fruity and bready with some broen sugar/burnt caramel notes; bold bitterness with a heavy malt backbone
F - lighter side of medium for body, easy drinking with exceptional balance; finishes semi-dry
O - really enjoyed this one. Huge malt character with vibrant hops. Loved every sip.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thin tan head (bar pour).

S - Caramel, toffee, and piney hops. Sweet on the nose, with biscuit behind it.

T - Caramelly sweetness first. A dash of butterscotch and toasted bread in the middle. Piney hop bitterness to finish.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. Long finish.

D - very high. I'm currently on my third pint.

Yet another Alesmith beer that I wish was bottled. To be sought out, for sure.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes taken on 01/31/14

A: Deep crimson red with dark burgundy tones and minimal translucence. Thick and course cake of beige with ample stay power and scattered sheets of lace.

S: Expressive piney hops on the nose with some supporting citrus fruit undercurrents. Some grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Softly spiced toffee malt moves in with some toasted bread and light hints of dried fruit. Incredibly vibrant hop aromas. It literally smells like uber fresh hop pellets. Quite the bouquet.

T: Flavors follow the nose with some fresh greenie hops up front. Concentrated pine and citrus oils. Zesty pink grapefruit stands out. Moves into a toasted caramel and nutty bread malt backing with a nice persuasion of spice. Remains dry and not sweet at all. Lightly resinous with a mild perceived bitterness though big on hop flavor. Suggestions of chocolate and raisin. Great balance with alcohol mostly disguised. A truly delicious and hoppy red.

M: Moderate fullness slightly on the heavier side but with a very nice drying frothiness to it. Perfect amount of carbonation. Slight resinous effect but mostly clean and balanced feel.

D: Damn near flawless for the style and just such an enjoyable brew. Perfect marriage of hops and malt without falling too hard one way or the other.
I always thought this was the same beer as Evil Dead but I couldn’t find any supporting info on that. Still great either way! Highly recommended.

AleSmith has really mastered the American Red category.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hamilton's maybe a month ago. Darkly colored with no head. Big resiny hopes in the aroma that fade into sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste starts with resiny hops and fades into citrus and dark fruits. Mouthfeel was damn near perfect, being right in the middle. I could drink a lot of this in one night. Can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this on the debut party at the brewery. Very rich malty aroma and seemed to pour red. But it was hard to tell as it was in a red plastic cup The aroma and first sip were similar with big malts and flavors, but on the end it just dropped off with no aftertase or not much remaining on the palate. Good beer just fell a little short at the end

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, clear, deep red...like, blood red. Fluffy, slightly off-white head that leaves behind decent lacing and a good ring of foam.

S: Aromas of toasted, sugary malt and floral, fruity hops. Malt dominates. Very warming during the "Blizzard of 2013."

T: Great balance. As expected, it's pretty sweet. Dark, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, fruity, earthy hops. This is seriously good stuff! A bit of booze in the finish? Strange. Also a bit cloying as expected from all the sweet malt.

M: Wow. Gets even better as it warms. Sweet, fruity, hoppy. Body is perfect as is the carbonation.

O: I was excited to see a beer from AleSmith that I had not seen previously. I was not disappointed. Delicious beer. This is a treat and very accurate for the style as well as the specific idea they were going for.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the World Famous Blue Palms Brewhouse.

Almost black body with hues of bloody amber on the edges. A finger of beige head. Very sinister looking. I dig it. Decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

The nose on this is very hoppy. Really bright citrusy notes of orange rind and tangerines. Faint toffee and cocoa powder, but this is really all about the hops.

Taste follows smell with tons of bright orange, grapefruit, tangerines, and even some apricot. Wowza citrusy hop bomb having a party in my mouth. Some toffee and powdered cocoa is lurking around in there, but any time thy try to rear their heads they are immediately beteen down by hoppy nom nom nom.

Lots of carbonation plus the hoppiness combines for a dry and slightly spicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied.Carbonation is just a tad to sharp though.

Best amber ale (if you can truly call it that) I've ever had.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes beginning of MARCH 2014. Thanks to my California connection for this coming in the last trade.

22 oz brown bomber with a very festive screen printed label. A bloody heart oozing blood. running all over while an arrow looks to have just pierced the heart. Wow! Intense artwork, but I absolutely love it! It's a V-Day brew and I must say its a grand bottling. Can't say I've experienced a Valentine inspired ale, but hey! This is indeed my new favorite Valentine brew. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - a dark ruby red. Honestly more of the traditional blood red color you get when held to the light. It's a red ale for crying out loud! A khaki tan head sits a top making a truly grand spectacle. Finally leaving a sturdy ring of lace that provides wonderful and thick stick to the walls of my pint glass.

S - rich caramel notes up front paired with some toasted bread malt. Floral and citrusy hops only lay balance to what is overall a very delicious smelling red ale. Caramel really adds a whiff of sweetness and the chocolate notes just nail down a perfect aroma. A bit of pepper and spice in the back ground.

T - caramel richness and bready malts really pop at the start. A toasted malt character that is just out of this world followed by a load of hops. Caramel malt, toasted bread, sweet chocolate malt thats dark, floral and citrusy hops, peppery spice, burnt sugar, and a hint of honey all make for a brilliant flavor profile. Just imagine all those great tastes but balanced to perfection. Finish leaves amazing flavors on the tongue and begs you to take the next sip.

M - what a tremendous mouthfeel. Big medium body and thick textured, but still highly drinkable. Smooth overall with a crisp hop character. Just outstanding going down.

O - one of the best and new favorite red ales I've had. My friends will tell you I'm a huge fan of this style and that's no doubt the case as I always have lots of different reds/Ambers gracing my fridge year round. But let me tell you, Alesmith's 'My Bloody Valentine' will compete with the best this style has to offer and may just top them all on certain days. What a treat! A valentines day treat that will have me making extra special preparations at having one of these fine dark red gems the day of V-Day next year

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally smooth amber ale. Nice hoppiness but great malt backbone. I didn't get to take great notes on it, but man I sure did like it. It was incredibly easy to drink due to it's awesome balance. Enough hops to give a hop fix, but the balance was maintained very well. Quite a treat. I was happy to find it.

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Photo of kleffman
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being my first review I'm still working on my vocabulary, but bear with me...no better place to start than AleSmith.

I've had good fortune with this beverage. I was able to taste it on cask at the brewery, out of their authentic beer engine, as well as on draft out of the growler I filled for the superbowl (that went over well, showing up with a gallon of AleSmith).

This beer is definitely one of their best, it's a fabulous experience. The color is like no other, and it has a light head.

The aroma of this is a very pleasant one, hoppy and fresh. The alcohol smell is subtle.

With a sweet, malty taste this is full-bodied and very smooth going down. The cask version especially is so velvety you can hardly tell you're drinking it! I loved the aftertaste, very flavorful malts and hops.

I would recommend this beer to anyone that loves AleSmith and loves a smooth red ale. I too would love this to be bottled! I'm curious if the alcohol content is that high, because O'Briens pub listed it as a local instead of a strong. Maybe it's in the upper 7% range.

update: it seems this beer is 6.3% alcohol. Lower than expected, but not too shabby.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby very nice. Fairly dark close to a blood red even.

S- Hops, lots of hops. berries. malt. toffe. brown sugar.

T-plenty of bitterness, caramel, sweet hops, dry, really nutty as well as it warms. creamy. lots of citrus as well.

M- plenty of carbonation, dry, medium body, really smooth and really easy to drink.

Pretty darn good amber/red, i would even probably consider it a pale ale of ambers. Behind green flash red ipa, this is my fav. in that style. I highly recommend it to anyone. Actually gets really good around room temp, for some reason a good amber or red is the only style besides a barley wine i can handle at room temp, maybe a bba stout. Pick it up, delicious.

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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/nearly garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Almost red enough to be blood.

Lots of citrus to greet the nose. It's followed by notes of caramel and/or toffee. I couldn't detect the cocoa mentioned on the label.

Strong and flavorful with a great mix of citrus hops, toffee, caramel and perhaps a bit of cocoa in the malt body only. Drinks more like an american strong ale. ABV is a reasonable 6.66%. Sweet!

Lingering citrus hops and caramel embody the mouthfeel. I've noticed that way back in the throat, the chocolate notes from the malt show up. Very nice touch!

I find this to be an excellent beer, worth a shot if you're into stronger amber ales, despite the fact that the ABV is only 6.66%.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler filled at Alesmith.

A - Dark red with a decent head that recedes to a 1.8 inch head for the remainder of the beer. Lots of lacing going on with this one.

S - Fruity sweetness, Hoppiness as well, more hoppy smelling than most reds. Oak comes through a lot as well. This growler was filled from the cask.

T - Coffee and hops with some toffee sweetness at the end. As stated above, this is quite a hoppy red, which is quite the bonus.

M - High carbonation, but at the right level. Syrupy as well, leaves the mouth coated savoring the flavor for quite some time after each drink.

D - Great drinkability here, glad that I got a growler of it, as it won't be sold in bottles.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 2-finger bubbly light-tan/beige colored head that sticks around with good staying power and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S: Very nice for this style - a modest caramel and bready malt is overwhelmed by juicy, citrusy grapefruit with a hint of pine.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - it's thinner in heft than expected and not very creamy; for some reason that big head made me think it would be more creamy than it is. Ah well, so it goes. . . . As for the flavors: it's big on the grapefruit juice, with some underpinnings of caramel malt. Also some leafy, herbal, tea-like impressions. Early on I also seem to get a touch of wet cardboard on the aftertaste, but after a few sips it seems gone; it may have been my imagination. . . .

M: Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side of that description, with a slightly thin feel to it. Carbonation is on the lower end of things.

O: Good stuff and an easy drinker.

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.